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Catalan President Artur Mas and Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva (by J.Biedmar))

12 July 2012 02:14 AM

The Catalan fiscal pact is also beneficial for Spain, argues President Mas

The Catalan President has made the case for Catalan full fiscal autonomy in a trip to Portugal. Artur Mas has started an international tour to try to explain to foreign leaders why Catalonia wants to have a new fiscal arrangement with Spain....
The hispanobonds are expected to help improve regional public finances (by ACN)

11 July 2012 12:15 AM

Hispanobonds will be subject to “strict conditionality”

The Spanish government will launch a new mechanism to issue regional debt bonds on Thursday. This will allow autonomous communities to finance themselves through debt guaranteed by the Spanish Central Treasury. The Spanish secretary of Public...
Alicia Sánchez-Camacho and Artur Mas at the Catalan Parliament's corridors (by P. Mateu)

06 July 2012 12:59 AM

Green light for Catalonia’s stability plan until 2014 with the condition of evaluating the drug prescription fee

The ruling Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, Convergència i Unió (CiU) and the People’s Party (PP) have agreed to evaluate the drug prescription fee in 2013. The implementation in 2013 of the 1 euro fee will be on the condition of...
Unemployment in Catalonia dropped by 15,356 in June (by ACN)

04 July 2012 01:54 AM

Unemployment fell for the fourth consecutive month in Catalonia

Unemployment in Catalonia dropped by 15,356 in June, leaving the total number of people registered as being unemployed at 615,576 individuals. It is the fourth consecutive month that the number of people registered as unemployed dropped in...
Representatives from the Spanish Government, the Catalan Executive and Barcelona City Council at GWOPA's welcome ceremony (ACN)

03 July 2012 12:04 AM

UN’s body for Water Management (GWOPA) will be based in Barcelona

Depending on UN-Habitat, the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) has established the Catalan capital as the permanent base for its headquarters. GWOPA will set up its offices in one of the historical Art-Nouveau pavilions of the...
51% of Catalans would vote 'yes' in a referendum (by ACN)

29 June 2012 06:16 PM

‘Yes to independence’: 51% of Catalans would vote in favour of becoming an independent country

A new poll by the Centre of Opinion Studies shows that, for the first time in history, Catalans prefer independence to any other political arrangement with Spain.
Catalan President, Artur Mas, at Bio Boston 2012 (by J. Bedmar)

23 June 2012 12:00 AM

Catalonia is presented as a biotechnological cluster at Bio Boston 2012

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, travelled to Massachusetts and New York to promote Catalan businesses and present Catalonia as one of the main biotechnological clusters and tourist destinations in Europe. In addition, Ernst &...
The Catalan Government had a €42 billion debt at the end of March but its increase significantly slows down (by ACN)

16 June 2012 01:01 AM

The Catalan Government had a €42 billion debt at the end of March but its increase significantly slows down

The Catalan Government’s debt represents 21% of Catalonia’s GDP, and it is in charge of almost half of public spending and manages healthcare, education and other basic services. Catalonia’s debt continues to increase because of the public...
Joana Ortega at the Catalan Parliament on Wednesday (by A. Moldes)

14 June 2012 01:20 AM

The Catalan Government will wait until dialogue expires before bringing Rajoy’s education decree to the Constitutional Court

On Tuesday the Catalan Council for Constitutional Guarantees (CGE) declared that the Spanish Government decree cutting €3 billion in education does not respect 2 Constitution articles and 5 other articles from Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy,...
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